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Heres what you should know about the Acatenango Volcano in Guatemala

By Camila Domínguez

The Acatenango Volcano is becoming increasingly popular among international travelers due to its breathtaking views of the Fuego Volcano and its lava explosions. 

This volcano is one of the main ones visited in Guatemala and is considered one of the best extreme adventures that can be experienced in this Central American country. Some interesting facts about this volcano include its two peaks or summits, being the twin brother of the Fuego Volcano, and the existence of a connection between them known as ‘La Horqueta.’ Standing at an elevation of 3,976 meters above sea level, it is classified as a difficult ascent stratovolcano. 

The Acatenango Volcano is located between the departments of Chimaltenango and Sacatepéquez. It is part of Guatemala’s volcanic chain and poses no danger for climbing, as it is extinct. If you are considering visiting Guatemala, including the Acatenango Volcano in your itinerary is a must. Here are some recommendations and equipment you should use if you plan to climb it: 

  • Prepare yourself physically and mentally; it is a challenging ascent that requires strength, willpower, and motivation.
  • Always register with the local municipality, providing your personal information and informing them of your location.
  • If it’s your first time, go with a guide or someone from the local community who knows the route.
  • Research the volcano’s weather one or two days before and familiarize yourself with the route you will be taking.
  • Never separate from the group you are with, whether friends or an expedition.
  • Do not litter; carry down everything you use.

What equipment to use and bring?

  • Suitable backpack
  • Cold weather hat
  • Cap Thermal or waterproof pants
  • Shoes with cleats or mountain boots
  • Jacket Thermal shirts
  • Wool socks for the night
  • Bandana or buff to cover your face
  • Scarf
  • Sunglasses

Tour operators for climbing the Acatenango Volcano

Climbing Acatenango Volcano with trained and authorized guides is essential for a safe and enjoyable experience. Therefore, we recommend tour operators in Guatemala that will assist you in planning your trip:

Find out what other equipment to bring here.

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